Category Archives: Speeding

Speeding in Trim MD Villages – Notice of Motion

8.2 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

To help address speeding we ask Meath County Council to road mark all entrances to
villages, where appropriate, in the Trim MD with the new high visibility road markings of
White/Red Background.

Response:

  • As part of the National Speed Limit review, we are currently awaiting new Guidelines on
    the proposed changes to the speed limits nationally.
  • These changes may also have an impact on the Traffic Signs Manual which gives guidance on road markings.
  • On receipt of these documents, we will review and assess locations and update markings
    where necessary.

Special Speed Limit Bye Laws – Trim Ring Road Submission

As part of the Special Speed Limit Bye Laws review I have made a submisstion for the ring road (R154) in Trim.

  • Rin Road, Trim. (R154) – From the entrance at Eamonn Duggan to the river.

The review will take place over the coming months. The review will be carried out in accordance with the ‘Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits In Ireland’ published by the Dept of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

UPDATE: Due to changes by the department Meath County Council has this review on hold. The review will continue when the department issues guideance.

NTA – Allocation Approval Trim MD – Meath County Council

Meath County Council made a submission to the NTA for funding of various schemes under the Stimulus Plan announced by Government last month.

The NTA have now confirmed the projects to be funded and the related allocation amounts and below is a list of the schemes relevant to the Trim Municipal District.

Road Number (or Street Name in Urban Areas)Location of Proposed SchemeProject Type and Brief Description

R-159-89EnfieldProvide new footpath to creche
Lackanash RoadTrimSignalised pedestrian crossing
R-158-0Summerhill Road, TrimReconstruction / renewal of defective footpaths or cycle tracks.
R-161-0Navan Gate Street, Trim,Reconstruction / renewal of defective footpaths or cycle tracks.
Enfield VillageVarious locations in the villageRecent walkability studies identified several footpaths, cycleways/lanes that need upgrading in order to become more user friendly to users, wheelchair users, buggy users, older people etc. 
Summerhill VillageVarious locations in the villageRecent walkability studies identified several footpaths, cycleways/lanes that need upgrading in order to become more user friendly to users, wheelchair users, buggy users, older people etc. 
R156Summerhill VillageReconstruction/Renewal of defective footpaths or cycle tracks
Ribbontail LaneLongwoodSurfacing new link to Royal Canal

Lackanash Road – Update

Trim Municipal District Ordinary Meeting 2:00p.m., 8th March, 2019, Trim Civic Offices
4 Statutory Business
4.1 Transportation

Reference was made to Item 8.1 – Correspondence received from residents in Lackanash. Michael Finnegan, Road Safety Officer, referred to the measures already provided, which were being ignored by some drivers. The effectiveness of ramps was acknowledged in reducing speed. However the dangers that they can create, particularly on a narrow road with a lot of pedestrian activity, were outlined. It was agreed to meet with the local Superintendent to request that enforcement activity be increased.
Matters raised by councillors included:

• The need for periodic and regular enforcement by speed detection vans, which had proven effective in other locations – reference was made to the need to identify a suitable location for the van to be positioned.

• The need to communicate with residents, e.g. sharing information on the speed surveys undertaken, and highlighting the possible options and solutions.

• The increasing issue of speeding in all locations, the role of the Gardaí in enforcement and the need for residents to contact the Gardaí with their concerns.

• The potential impact of providing a pedestrian crossing at the entrance to the Porchfields.

• The possibility of installing a chicane and a stop/go system on a trial basis.

• The need to progress the link road between the Dublin and Navan roads to take unnecessary traffic away from the town centre.

It was agreed that a letter would issue to residents outlining the actions to be taken and/or considered.

Longwood Road – Speed Statistics

The VAS sign is located on the R-160, Longwood Road, Trim and is indicated in red on the above map. The sign records the number of vehicles and the speed at which they are travelling in an southerly direction away from Trim

Longwood Road

R-160 – Longwood Road (Outbound) Trim – Report.

Summary: During this period of monitoring, 11.5% of vehicles were recorded driving above the 60km/h speed limit. The fastest vehicle was travelling at 96km/h at 21:35 on Thursday 21st June.


Recommendations: It is recommended that the Gardai are notified of this traffic data. Gardai enforcement is required to ensure that drivers do not exceed the 60km/h speed limit.

Lackanash Road – Speed Statistics

The VAS Inbound sign is located on the L-8016, Lackanash Road outside the Steeple Manor Estate, Outbound at Lackanash Estate. The signs records the number of vehicles and the speed at which they are travelling.

Inbound – Steeple Manor
Outbound – Lackanash Estate

L-8016 – Lackanash Road, Trim – Outbound Report, Inbound Report.

Summary Outbound: During this period of monitoring, 65% of vehicles were recorded driving above the 50km speed limit. The fastest vehicle was traveling at 147km/h at 22:21 on Wednesday 18th July.

Summary Inbound: During this period of monitoring, 56% of vehicles were recorded driving above the 50km speed limit. The fastest vehicle was travelling at 131km/h at 23:06 on Wednesday 18th July.

Recommendations: It is recommended that An Garda Siochána are notified of this traffic data. Garda monitoring and enforcement are required to ensure that drivers do not exceed the 50km/h speed limit.

Kildalkey to Trim – Speed Statistics

The VAS sign is located on the L-4022, Kildalkey Road, Trim and is indicated in red on the above map. The sign records the number of vehicles and the speed at which they are travelling in an easterly direction towards Trim.

Speed Count – Kildalkey / Trim Road

L-4022 – Kildalkey Road (Inbound) Trim – Report.

Summary: During this period of monitoring, 83% of vehicles were recorded driving above the 50km/h speed limit. The fastest vehicle was traveling at 126km/h at 19:18 on Tuesday 14th August.

Recommendations: It is recommended that the Gardai are notified of this traffic data. Gardai enforcement is required to ensure that drivers do not exceed the 50km/h speed limit

Longwood – HGV Study

Trim Municipal District Ordinary Meeting
2 :00p.m., 21st September, 2018, Trim Civic Offices


6 Notice of Motion
6.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

Requesting Meath County Council to carry out an in-dept traffic analysis of heavy goods vehicles traveling through Longwood. The data should include the following in addition to any other criteria deemed necessary by the Transport Department:

  • The number of Heavy Goods Vehicles Passing through the village on average per day (Mon-Fri)
  • The Source and Destination of the vehicles.
  • Average Speed of vehicles on the Enfield / Trim road – Propose the relocation of radar sign to measure.

Supporting information subject to the motion being proposed, seconded and considered: Meath County Council will undertake an in-depth analysis of the average number of HGVs travelling through Longwood village along this route (Mon – Fri) and also the average speed of vehicles on the Enfield/Trim Road. The Council has carried out a preliminary study on traffic at this location and intends to submit an application for funding to the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, under the Safety Improvement Scheme 2019 for minor improvements works.

Link to Minutes on Meath County Council

Traffic Calming Policy

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
7th November 2016, Council Chamber


9 Notice of Motion
9.4 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

For Meath County Council to introduce a Traffic Calming Policy referencing the National Traffic Management Guidelines and to include the following local factors

  • Requests from the majority of residents similar to the plebiscite used in planning for taking in charge requests. 
  • Length of road
  • Recorded speed
  • Accident history
  • Traffic volumes
  • Vulnerable road users

On adoption of the policy, each Municipal District would use this criteria to allocate funding and prioritise works.

Notice of Motion – Traffic calming St. Loman’s Street

Trim Municipal District Ordinary Meeting 16th September 2016. 7 Notice of Motion 7.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden “That Meath County Council urgently addresses the issues relating to speeding and pedestrian safety on St. Loman’s Street – these issues were raised at meetings of Trim Municipal District in April and November 2015 and February and July 2016, in addition to being raised in correspondence submitted to Meath County Council from June 2015 to July 2016.”
Date Sent To Subject
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 11:59 AM mXXX@meathcoco.ie Road Markings for Speed
29 January 2016 13:13 memXXXX@meathcoco.ie Fwd: Road Markings for Speed
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 1:16 PM memXXX@meathcoco.ie Road Safety – Enquiry
Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 9:07 AM memXXX@meathcoco.ie Access Issues – St. Loman’s Street
Wed, May 4, 2016 at 10:03 AM memXXX@meathcoco.ie Traffic Safety – St. Fintinas, Longwood & St. Patricks, Trim
Fri, May 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM pXXXX@meathcoco.ie RE: FW: Road Markings for Speed
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 8:38 AM JXXX@meathcoco.ie Re: School safety Longwood and Trim
Supporting information subject to the motion being proposed, seconded and considered: With regards to the provision of a pedestrian crossing at Loman Street, a speed survey is required to be undertaken. The Council is currently reviewing approximately 200 locations throughout the county, which have been highlighted regarding potential speed limit or speeding issues. It is confirmed that Loman Street (L-4022) in Trim is included on the schedule of areas for review and, as part of this review, traffic speed surveys are due to be carried out in the coming weeks. Any decision in relation to a pedestrian crossing at this location will be based on the results of these surveys and other relevant data gathered during the review while also taking into account available resources and funding.